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16.00 qs1 mon helen fallon


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16.00 qs1 mon helen fallon

  1. 1. Helen Fallon, Deputy Librarian, National University of Ireland Maynooth
  2. 2. Goals of this workshop  Increased energy and confidence in writing  Greater understanding of the mechanics of writing  Greater understanding of the different requirements of peer-reviewed and professional journals  Increased knowledge on finding out about publishing opportunities and publicising your publications
  3. 3. Task 1– Writing to Prompt  Write for five minutes, in sentences, without stopping, using one of the following prompts  I am interested in writing about…  An area of my research which I would like to write about is…  I feel at my most creative when I’m writing about…
  4. 4. Task 2- Finding Topics Work with a colleague and list as many topics as you can that you feel you could write about. These topics could relate to work you have been involved in, subjects that interest you or topics you have done research on Next list the sources you might use in your article
  5. 5. Task 3 – Making a case for writing Write for five minutes in sentences, in no more than fifty words, explaining to your department head why is it important that you publish
  6. 6. Task 4– Defining audience and Purpose Describe in one sentence the purpose of the piece you are writing What is the audience for your article? What’s your angle? What data do you have? Is this topic most suited for a research article/a practice-based article or some other format e.g poster?
  7. 7. Practice-based article  Based primarily on experience  Give some background  Describe what happened  What was the impact  Reflection – what worked, what didn’t work so well, what could be done to improve it  Conclusion  (who, what, when, where, how)
  8. 8. Research-based article • Must draw on research • Generally longer than practice-based article e.g. 5,000 words • Double blind peer review • Has an abstract (informative or structured) • Literature Review • Gives methodology and results • References
  9. 9. Outlining/Structuring  There are different ways to structure articles  Study the format of articles in the journal you hope to target  Read first for story then for structure  Model articles on other articles that work well (template)  Different structures can achieve the same end in different ways  Be aware of your audience
  10. 10. Outlining Murray, R. (2005) Writing for Academic Journals. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill/Open University Press, p. 9 Context/Background Literature review Method/approach Results/Analysis Discussion Conclusion Topic 1 – 250 words Topic 2 – 250 words Topic 3- 250 words Introduction
  11. 11. Task 5 - Outlining Draw up an outline for an article you wish to write Give approximate number of words in each section Write a description of each section beginning with the words This section will cover…
  12. 12. Elements of a peer-reviewed article  Title  Abstract & Keywords  Introduction  Literature review  Methodology  Results/Analysis  Discussion  Conclusion  References
  13. 13. Task 6 - Drafting a query e-mail  Before writing/submitting  Identify journal  Identify editor  Single sentences  I am writing an article on…  My experience is this area…  I think that readers of your journal would be interested in… because…
  14. 14. Writing To begin writing you have to begin writing Writing generates ideas Don’t look for perfection, just write Give yourself permission to write badly All writing is rewriting
  15. 15. Writing  Can start at any point, but generally not introduction or conclusion  Scientists often write the results section up first  Write in sentences  No more than one idea in each sentence  Logical movement from sentence to sentence and from paragraph to paragraph
  16. 16. Style  House style (journal style)  First, second or third person  Active or passive voice  Tense  Transitions  Signposts  Headings & subheadings (official) Endings of sections that hark back to what went before, announce what comes next (unofficial)  Movement/Coherence/clarity
  17. 17. Writing as Storytelling  Writing as storytelling  Beginning, middle and end (not necessarily in that order)  What makes a story interesting?  A story has a theme  A story has movement  A story has a flow  Something happens/changes
  18. 18. Drafting and Revising Draft and redraft Number and date drafts Refer back to your audience & purpose statement Ask a critical colleague to read Revise title, abstract & article
  19. 19. Drafting and Revising When finished put aside for at least a week Reread Spell check Recheck submission guidelines File preprint Let go
  20. 20. Submission  Professional Journal – editor  Academic Journal – double blind peer-reviewers  Accept as is  Accept with revisions  Revise and resubmit  Reject  Make changes as quickly as possible  Reread  Resubmit  Keep postprint
  21. 21. Publicising Your Work Deposit in Institutional Repository Policy available at Create a profile using google scholar ar/citations.html Create a profile on
  22. 22. Academic Writing Librarians Blog  To encourage/promote academic writing among library staff  Calls for papers/posters/book chapters etc.  Links to my articles on academic writing  Tips from published authors  Tips from journal editors  Other
  23. 23. Academic Writing Toolkit  Section 1. Beginning to write  Section 2. Ideas generation  Section 3. Outlining  Section 4. Abstract and title  Section 5. Finding a journal  Section 6. Writing the article  Section 7. Submission  Section 8. Peer-review and resubmission  Section 9. Publication and celebration
  24. 24. Follow Academic Writing Librarians  Follow Helen Fallon on Twitter for updates  Access the blog at   Sign up as a follower  Follow by e-mail from the box on the homepage
  25. 25. Moving on with your writing Write Describe, reflect and evaluate Talk Notebook Data Collaborate Be strategic Cite key people Set realistic goals Give and look for peer support Celebrate
  26. 26. Bibliography on Academic Writing Academic Writing Librarians
  27. 27. Online Academic Writing Group  E-mail by Friday 4 April Put online Writing Group in title of Message